Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella applauds tech's response to COVID-19
Nadella started the company's developers conference by discussing how tech has helped during the crisis.
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"I'm proud of how all of you have raised the game and been there when the world needed you the most," Nadella said. "Already, we've seen something like two years' worth of digital transformation in just two months."
Nadella's comments come as governments around the world continue their struggles to combat and contain the coronavirus, which has killed more than 319,000 patients worldwide and infected nearly 5 million people since it was first detected in December. Hundreds of millions of people have been placed in isolation and widespread lockdowns in efforts to slow further spreading the virus and reduce the pressure on hospitals, many of which have been overrun with patients.
For Microsoft, the shift online hasn't changed its effort to announce new updates to products like its Edge browser, HoloLens headset and Azure server technology. The company also said it's supporting efforts to combat the coronavirus, including by dedicating some of its computers to help the Folding@home project.
"We are at an inflection point. As developers you have that opportunity as well as a responsibility to define what should be rebuilt, what should be reimagined and what should be left behind," Nadella said. "And we are already seeing developers have this impact."